Book Review – The Frontier Tribal Belt: Genesis and Purpose Under the Raj

[Originally published in the Herald July 2016 Issue) Book Review – The Frontier Tribal Belt: Genesis and Purpose Under the Raj Salman Bangash Oxford University Press, Karachi 2016   Troubled areas   By Usama Khilji Popular narratives about the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) espouse the view that their residents are wild tribespeople who favour the… Read More Book Review – The Frontier Tribal Belt: Genesis and Purpose Under the Raj

Abdul Sattar Edhi: The philanthropist who filled in for the state in Pakistan

[This post was originally published on the South Asia @ LSE blog.] Pakistan’s iconic philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away in Karachi at the age of 92 on 8 July 2016, and was accorded the first state funeral in Pakistan in 30 years. Edhi embodied selfless humanitarianism, providing welfare without discrimination to the downtrodden in… Read More Abdul Sattar Edhi: The philanthropist who filled in for the state in Pakistan

How Pakistanis’ internet rights are at stake, and what you can do to reclaim them

You thought the YouTube ban was bad? The Government of Pakistan under the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 is giving itself sweeping powers to remove or block ANY content it deems unfit. As Pakistani citizens, we must resist this move to protect our right to use the internet freely as means of expressing ourselves.… Read More How Pakistanis’ internet rights are at stake, and what you can do to reclaim them

What Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize means for Pakistan and the world

[Originally published at Future Challenges]   Malala Yousufzai first gained recognition in 2008 at age 11 when she took to the Press Club in Peshawar against the Taliban banning girls’ education in the Swat valley. She soon started writing an anonymous blog for the BBC as Gul Makai, chronicling the feelings of a young girl… Read More What Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize means for Pakistan and the world

Living Under Drones: the Psychological, Social, and Economic Impact of Drones in FATA.

[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-ed pages] The primary focus in the drone debate so far has remained on the civilian casualties. Drone attacks have mostly been concentrated in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), and some in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of FATA in Pakistan. However, the impact of these killings in particular and… Read More Living Under Drones: the Psychological, Social, and Economic Impact of Drones in FATA.

The Inspiration of Independence – Patriotism in Pakistan

[Originally published in the Focal Point Magazine] August 14, the independence day of Pakistan, is undoubtedly one of the most festive and celebrated days in the Pakistani calendar. The entire country goes green, with firecrackers, fireworks, candles, decorative lights, diyas, and flags of all sizes seen almost anywhere one goes. Patriotic songs can be heard… Read More The Inspiration of Independence – Patriotism in Pakistan